50% Marsanne, 50% Roussanne
Domaine Tardieu-Laurent was established in 1994. It is a partnership between Dominique Laurent, a former pattisier (and with the girth to go with it) and one of the hottest names in Burgundy, and Michel Tardieu, a dynamic young winemaker. Tardieu-Laurent is an extremely unusual operation in that they are a négociant only, buying young wines from growers all over the Rhône, which they mature and blend before bottling. They own no vineyards and don't buy grapes, only wine. Tardieu-Laurent is very much an "artisan" producer, making between half a dozen and 20 or so barrels of each wine. The majority of the wines are from the southern Rhône although superb cuvees of Cote Rôtie and Hermitage are also produced. The wines are all aged in small oak casks (often 100% new) and bottled with no fining nor filtration. Michel Tardieu proclaims himself as a confirmed terroirist, insisting that his aim with each appellation is to express powerfully the fruit and sense of place, never masking these factors with wood.
What The Critics Say
92/100 Vinous, Josh Raynolds (2016 vintage)
"(made from vines that are over 100 years old) Limpid yellow-gold. Intense, mineral-accented lemon curd, yellow apple and ginger scents, along with suggestions of iodine, smoky minerals and fennel. Minerally and sharply focused on the palate, offering concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors that deepen steadily on the back half while maintaining vivacity. Finishes with outstanding persistence and a strong echo of chalky minerals and leaves behind a refreshingly bitter lemon pith note." Drink 2021 - 2027
16.5+/20 Jancis Robinson MW (2016 vintage)
"Quite a deep greenish straw. Honeysuckle nose and then real tingle, tension and toast on the palate. This is a really interesting wine! A floral overlay but lots to chew on and a flattering satin texture. Still chewy. 50% Marsanne (50 to 100 years old) and 50% Roussanne (over 40 years old). Fruit from La Côte and La Beylesse. 12 months in new and one-year-old barrels (Tronçais and Allier)." Drink 2019 - 2023
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